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Falling for Snoqualmie all over again

SNOQUALMIE – A recent overhaul at Snoqualmie Falls has made it a tourist destination with plenty of educational opportunities. The original viewing platform over the falls has been reconstructed and new scenic outlooks have been added to the park. In addition, upgraded trails and boardwalks now mesh with the landscape, and new signs and exhibits provide plenty of information for the most curious of visitors. Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington state’s most popular scenic attractions. More than 1.5 million visitors trek to the falls every year. Visitors will find a two-acre park, gift shop, observation deck, Salish Lodge and the famous 270-foot waterfall.

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Photo by Photo courtesy Bita Astaneh Asl

The falls as seen from below on the boardwalk. People are not supposed to climb past the boardwalk due to the danger of rapidly rising water levels, however, many visitors climb across the rocks as seen in the bottom of this image, despite ample warnings.

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Photo by Photo courtesy Lisa Dunham

Maps are available to show folks how to reach various areas of the park. The park is well marked and now contains lots of signage directing visitors to all the features of the park. Admission to the park is free, with free parking. It is open from dawn until dusk every day.

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Penstocks feed water to the turbines at the bottom of the hill, generating electricity. The piping is large enough for an adult to walk upright inside. Puget Sound Energy operates two power plants at Snoqualmie Falls.

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An exhibit at the falls shows off an original hydro turbine used in plant two from 1910 to 1928. The turbine transforms the force of falling water against the curved blades into mechanical energy.

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The trail from the upper levels of the park to the area below the falls has been redone to blend in with the landscape. Although the trail is less than a mile long, the change in elevation makes it a challenge for people who are not in good health.

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New boardwalks and viewing platforms are highlights of the remodel at Snoqualmie Falls. The popular tourist attraction include hiking trails, picnic areas, educational exhibits and the lodge for meals or overnight stays. More than 1.5 million visitors travel to the falls every year.

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